The 2015 football season is still months away — but, fans young & old with gather around Grant Park & Roosevelt’s Auditorium Theatre next weekend for this year’s NFL Draft.
Tickets to the physical Draft were going from $1700+ on StubHub (though, there’s none available at this time); but, for football faithful without handfuls of cash just laying around, the NFL Draft Town experience is free to enter & participate in some unique clinics and events.
Among the planned festivities:
- The NFL’s “Play 60” initiative will host numerous challenge drills for children and adults
- Each of the 32 teams will have their own “fan cave”, packed with unique club content and memorabilia
- Chicago’s own Graham Elliot will host a hometown tailgate, featuring samples from locally-based vendors such as Billy Goat and Dia De Los Tamales
- Former & current NFL stars will be on-hand for free autographs
There will also be live broadcasts from ESPN, and a “social media command center”, where fans will be able to take photos of themselves in a slew of augmented reality situations to be shared to friends & family.
A complete list of all the activities taking place Thursday-Saturday can be found on the NFL Draft Town website. While no tickets are necessary to enter Draft Town, several Play 60 and other events do require a “Fan Mobile Pass” (which enables the NFL to get participants to sign a waiver). Fan Mobile Passes are free, and registration should be done in advance here.